For a town of less than 60,000 people, Santa Cruz, CA sure shits out some amazing tech-death metal bands. Decrepit Birth and Brain Drill (their new album kills, fuck the haters) both hail from the lush mountains and sunny beaches of said region, which is a pleasant surprise considering the high concentration of hippies, burnouts, Phish-heads, and other undesirable detritus that reside there as well.
Although Odious Mortem's Myspace page will tell you that they now reside in San Francisco, they too are spawn of SC's loins, and in fact three O.M. members went on to join Decrepit Birth after Derek Boyer and Tim Yeung left. But small town inbreeding aside, this band churns out epic amounts of shred, and Cryptic Implosion stands as one of the finest releases in the tech-death genre in the latter half of the decade. Shit, the sole fact that Ron Jarzombek showed up to donate a guest solo on the album's final track should tell you something about its quality.
One question: where were all these Hessians hiding when I lived in SC?
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